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Beacon, Alabama

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Our Genealogical Helper for Beacon ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Beacon (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Beacon. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Newspapers Published in Beacon ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 40 newspapers that have been published in the area around Beacon.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Beacon, there are papers which were published within 26 miles [41.8 km]<1>. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Beacon.

Cemeteries Near Beacon ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Beacon.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Beacon covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  W Mt. Pisgah Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  S Stamps Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  WSW Old Bethel Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Ebenezer Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Antioch West Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Shacklesville Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  WNW Salem Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Bethel West Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  NNW Butler Springs Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Miller Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SSW Mt. Olive West Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Maye Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Friendship Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oakwood Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Middleton Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Mt. Zion Cemetery   [Map]     
  SW Concord Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pressley Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Watts Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Union Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Hickory Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SW Joyner Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Garland Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Sellers Cemetery   [Map]     
  SE Oak Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW Pine Flat Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Brushy Creek Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Little Pine Level Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Hopewell Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Liberty Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Pleasant Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Forest Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Jenkins Chapel Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Bethlehem Cemetery   [Map]     


Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

While we didn't find Beacon in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Beacon.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Beacon, with the one closest to Beacon listed first.

Starlington   [Map]
 - Located 2 miles [3.2 km] to the South (S) from Beacon
 - Starlington had a post office and no railroad service
Shacklesville   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the North (N) from Beacon
 - Shacklesville had a post office and no railroad service
Georgiana   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Beacon
 - 1895 population of 456 people (with 1,653 people in 2016)
 - Georgiana had a post office and railroad service
Butler Springs   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Beacon
 - 1895 population of 16 people
 - Butler Springs had a post office and no railroad service
Bolling   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Beacon
 - 1895 population of 30 people
 - Bolling had a post office and railroad service
Chapman   [Map]
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Beacon
 - Chapman had a post office and no railroad service
Commerce   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Beacon
 - 1895 population of 25 people
 - Commerce had a post office and no railroad service
Herbert   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the North (N) from Beacon
 - 1895 population of 63 people
 - Herbert had a post office and no railroad service
Garland   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) from Beacon
 - 1895 population of 213 people
 - Garland had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Beacon. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Beacon in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors were in the next county to the west. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the west contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Beacon is located in Butler County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Butler County: Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Lowndes, Monroe & Wilcox.

Below are the counties that are near Beacon. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Beacon:

Butler     (The home county for Beacon)
      Bolling   [Map]   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Georgiana   [Map]   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Chapman   [Map]   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Forest Home   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      McKenzie   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Greenville   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   S   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Evergreen   [Map]   S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Centerville   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Jay Villa - Historic   [Map]   S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Belleville   [Map]   SW   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Nymph   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Bermuda   [Map]   SW   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Brooklyn   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Castleberry   [Map]   S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Repton   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Lenox   [Map]   SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Range   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Red Level   [Map]   SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gantt   [Map]   SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
      River Falls   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Heath   [Map]   SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Andalusia   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Carolina   [Map]   SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Libertyville   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Sanford   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Babbie   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Honoraville   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Merrill Mill   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Cherokee Village   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Rutledge   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Dozier   [Map]   SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Luverne   [Map]   E   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Brantley   [Map]   E   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Highland Home   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Petrey   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Social Town   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Glenwood   [Map]   E   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Minter   [Map]   N   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Old Town   [Map]   N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Sardis   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Bragg's   [Map]   N   23 miles [37 km]
      Fort Deposit   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Gordonville   [Map]   N   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Sandy Ridge   [Map]   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Mosses   [Map]   N   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Davenport   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Letohatchee   [Map]   NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Hayneville   [Map]   NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Benton   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Lowndesboro   [Map]   N   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pine Orchard   [Map]   W   19 miles [30.6 km]
      Burnt Corn   [Map]   SW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Beatrice   [Map]   W   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Buena Vista   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Lovan - Historic   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Tunnel Springs   [Map]   W   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Peterman   [Map]   W   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Vredenburgh   [Map]   W   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Monroeville   [Map]   SW   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Franklin   [Map]   W   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Excel   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mexia   [Map]   SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Scratch Ankle   [Map]   W   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Lapine   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Awin   [Map]   NW   11 miles [17.7 km]
      Pine Apple   [Map]   NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
      McWilliams   [Map]   NW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Oak Hill   [Map]   NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Furman   [Map]   NW   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Snow Hill   [Map]   NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Camden   [Map]   NW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Boykin   [Map]   NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Coy   [Map]   W   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Beacon, see our County-by-County Page for Beacon.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Beacon:

These websites are specific to Alabama:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Website for the Alabama Department of Archives & History

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Alabama to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Butler County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Conecuh County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Covington County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Crenshaw County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Dallas County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lowndes County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Monroe County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Montgomery County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wilcox County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Alabama:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Butler County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Alabama     Cemetery Wiki for Alabama
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Alabama,     of Butler County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Alabama

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Alabama

About Butler County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Beacon. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Alabama:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance starting from Beacon. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Beacon) to Point B.

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Beacon. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.7146, Longitude: -86.8230     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Beacon have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Beacon, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Beacon.